Medical negligence

Watchdog complaint at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board leads to investigation into vascular care

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has been forced to carry out an investigation in relation to vascular care surrounding amputations.

Written by Wallis Crockford | 16 November 2023


Various complaints were made by patients and the Community Health Council (Llais Cymru) in Wales which led to the Royal College of Surgeons instigating an investigation into the Health Board’s vascular care. In total, 47 patients were reviewed with the potential for many more to have been impacted by this negligence.

The Health Board has confirmed that there has been negligence with treatments regarding many aspects of vascular care. Due to this in some cases, there were unnecessary delays in carrying out amputations which led to patients having unnecessary grafts and debridement. In another case, the hospital has alleged to have unnecessarily carried out an above knee amputation in a dementia patient.

In recent days, Wales' largest health board has said it apologises "unreservedly" after treatment delays led to a patient losing the sight in an eye following the investigation by a watchdog into complaints about vascular services at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

The patient was seen by doctors at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Denbighshire in January 2018, but it was another 11 months before he had what was described as "urgent surgery". The public services ombudsman for Wales also criticised the delay of nearly four years to respond to the patient's complaints.

Ombudsman Michelle Morris said there was a "complete failure" to follow treatment guidelines and the health board's own policies.

Slater and Gordon’s clinical negligence team is now representing multiple clients who have been affected by this negligence.

How can we help

Medical negligence claims can be intricate – they require knowledge of the medical conditions resulting from negligence, as well as the understanding of medical procedures and mistakes causing those conditions. Therefore, it is crucial to engage a specialised medical negligence solicitor to represent you if you choose to make a claim.

If you, or someone you know how been affected by negligent vascular care at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Slater and Gordon is here to help you.

Our medical negligence team know the importance of supporting you and your family through this most difficult time and will be sensitive to your needs and challenges. Several of our solicitors are also ranked in independent legal bodies, such as the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. We also have trained nurses on our team with the expert knowledge to help with your case.

For more information, call us on 0330 107 6505 or contact us online.

Written by Wallis Crockford Senior Associate
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